My dad loved his boat that he was planning on taking around the world. He sailed single handed for most of the trip. His boat is a Union Cutter 36 "Tenacious". He wrote me about many crazy experiences on the trip through horrible storms (I seem to remember him saying something about 50 ft waves) and how well his boat handled every storm, though they took a toll on him after a while.
I'm afraid I don't have any experience myself, but thought I would share this. Hope it helps.